Views for 2013-01-16

Wednesday, January 16, 2013
John Nichols
How Obsequious Media Coverage Perpetuates NRA Mythology
Hysterical at the prospect that at least a few elected officials might stop treating its pronouncements as political gospel, the National Rifle Association announced Tuesday that it had attracted 250...
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Slavoj Žižek
The West's Crisis is One of Democracy as Much as Finance
In one of the last interviews before his fall, Nicolae Ceausescu was asked by a western journalist how he justified the fact that Romanian citizens could not travel freely abroad although freedom of...
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Jim Warren
Energy Corporations Must Change, Die, or (at the Very Least) Get Out of the Way
“The truth is that we have a planetary emergency.” – NASA climatologist James Hansen (October 2012) North Carolina has a unique opportunity and duty to help avert runaway climate change and repair...
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Glenn Greenwald
Imposing Real Consequences for Prosecutorial Abuse in Case of Aaron Swartz
Whenever an avoidable tragedy occurs, it's common for there to be an intense spate of anger in its immediate aftermath which quickly dissipates as people move on to the next outrage. That's a key...
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Bruce Dixon
Obama's Race To The Top Drives Nationwide Wave of School Closings, Teacher Firings
A nationwide epidemic of school closings and teacher firings has been underway for some time. It's concentrated chiefly in poor and minority communities, and the teachers let go are often experienced...
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Marcia Hofmann
In the Wake of Aaron Swartz's Death, Let's Fix Draconian Computer Crime Law
Outpourings of grief and calls for change continue to flood the Internet after the suicide of Aaron Swartz, only 26 years old.
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Lawrence Krauss
Deafness at Doomsday
To our great peril, the scientific community has had little success in recent years influencing policy on global security. Perhaps this is because the best scientists today are not directly...
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Lisa Guisbond
Pop Quiz on Standardized Testing
If you are surprised at the surge of support for Seattle’s Garfield High teachers’ boycott of district-mandated standardized tests, you probably haven’t been paying enough attention. Perhaps a pop...
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Jim Hightower
Who's Behind “Fix the Debt”?
Look out, the "fixers" are coming.
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Norman Solomon
King: I Have a Dream. Obama: I Have a Drone.
A simple twist of fate has set President Obama’s second Inaugural Address for January 21, the same day as the Martin Luther King Jr. national holiday.
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